Do you remember when an 18-year-old Robbie Keane burst onto the international scene with two goals against Malta? If so, you are officially old.
All the way back in October 1998, Aerosmith were top of the Irish charts with I Don't Want to Miss a Thing and Ireland football fans were learning that our fresh-faced new striker didn't like missing much either.
Robbie Keane, Ireland's record goalscorer and notorious sound man, celebrates the big 40th today and while any chance of a party has been scrapped, his wife Claudine has led a number of tributes online to Ireland's former captain, saying he is and 'incredible person, selfless, determined and humble' while congratulating him on 'four decades of amazing adventures.'
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Happy 40th Birthday @robbiekeane time flies when your having fun, four decades of amazing adventures and the best is yet to come. You are an incredible person, selfless determined and kind you love to see everyone happy but today is about you we love you and we’re so grateful to have you in our lives and we’re beyond proud of you. 40 has never looked so good let’s raise our glass today to Robbie 🥂 your simply the best. When everything is back to normal the party will be epic but for now it’s family and appreciation time. We love you #happybirthdayrobbie 🎉😘🥳🥳🥳
Other tributes came from the FAI as well as Robbie's' numerous former clubs, teammates and fans...
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) July 8, 2020
🇮🇪 Keano! Keano Keano!
Happy 4⃣0⃣th birthday to Robbie Keane! 🎂🍀 pic.twitter.com/QmksjExnl9
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 8, 2020
— Coventry City (@Coventry_City) July 8, 2020
Happy 40th birthday to the chap who made a blistering impact at Wolves after arriving as a teenager from Tallaght. Robbie Keane scored twice on his debut at Norwich at just 17, and would notch 29 goals in 88 appearances in two seasons at Molineux. Have a good one Robbie! pic.twitter.com/vRykqFNwAP
— Wolves FPA (@WolvesFPA) July 8, 2020
— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) July 8, 2020
Many happy returns to Robbie and we're sure he'll be spoiled by Claudine, Robert Junior and Hudson this evening. With 68 international goals under his belt, his age still has a long way to catch up.
(header pic: @claudinekeane1 on Instagram)